Protect Your Family from Poisons
Whether you are doing spring cleaning or toiling in the garden, here are some simple steps that can help save you from environmental hazards around the home:
- Read directions carefully. Pesticides, household cleaners, and pet products can be dangerous or ineffective if too much or too little is used.
- Store safely. Always store pesticides and other chemicals out of children's reach - preferably in a locked cabinet.
- Ventilate. When spraying inside the home, be sure to open windows and allow for proper ventilation.
- Remove debris. Before applying pesticides or other chemicals, remove children, toys, and pets from the area. No one should return to the area until the chemicals have dried and the smell dissipated.
- Be careful taking breaks. If your use of a pesticide or chemical is interrupted (perhaps by a phone call), re-close the container and remove it from children's reach.
- Keep out of children's reach. Never transfer chemicals to other containers that kids may associate with food or drink (like soda bottles).
- Use wisely. When applying insect repellents to children, do not apply over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin. Do not apply to eyes, mouth, hands, or directly on the face. Use just enough to cover exposed skin or clothing.
- Wash often. Wash children's hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often and regularly clean floors, windowsills, and other surfaces to reduce potential exposure to lead dust.
- Be aware of hazards. When buying or renting a house or apartment built before 1978, ask about lead hazards. Sellers and landlords are required to disclose them.
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